Public Policy at Massey

The Public Policy program at Massey College combines the talents and expertise of Junior and Senior Fellows to highlight critical issues, suggest solutions and engage and educate the broader public community.

Aided by a committee of Junior Fellows who suggest topics and organize events, the program includes the annual Walter Gordon Symposium and allows the College to partner with universities and policy centres across Canada. Recent discussions have included the need for a national science policy, religion and values, the emerging impact of an Independent Senate, Changing definitions of Sovereignty, especially in Canada’s North, the role and influence of unelected political staff and virulent populism in Europe and the United States.

Public policy sets the framework for culture, science, the economy, social policy and international relations. Every Junior Fellow is welcome to contribute to Massey’s effort to influence the debate.

Senior Fellow, Thomas S. Axworthy is Chair of the Public Policy Program at Massey College.

To showcase and explore the key public policies that have shaped and continue to guide Canadian life, Massey College hosts a series of conferences and talks with influential experts in the field.

Pierre Trudeau Centennial Conference

Fall 2019 marked the 100-year anniversary of the birth of Pierre Trudeau.

To celebrate this milestone, the Public Policy department at Massey College ihosted The Pierre Trudeau Centennial Conference Series exploring the life and career of Pierre Trudeau, academic and political leader.

The Leadership Arts of Pierre Trudeau Conference

The Leadership Arts of Pierre Trudeau conference highlighted the work and life of Pierre Trudeau. The conference covered all aspects of Trudeau’s life from his beginnings as an academic to his pivotal role as a politician and Prime Minister.

 

Liberal Internationalism, Then and Now: The Foreign Policy of Pierre Trudeau Conference

The Liberal Internationalism, Then and Now: The Foreign Policy of Pierre Trudeau conference will focus on Trudeau’s approach to foreign policy and the impacts this approach has had on Canada’s current policies.

Leadership Arts Image

The Leadership Arts of Pierre Trudeau conference highlighted the work and life of Pierre Trudeau. The conference covered all aspects of Trudeau’s life from his beginnings as an academic to his pivotal role as a politician and Prime Minister.

  • Agenda
  • Photography
  • Videos
  • Speaking Notes

Agenda

Date: Thursday, October 24, 2019
Time: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Conference Location: Massey College, Upper Library (4 Devonshire Place)
Reception Location: Rigby Room, St. Hilda’s College (44 Devonshire Place)


Greetings

Conference Co-Chairs:

  • Thomas S. Axworthy, Public Policy Chair, Massey College
  • Kathleen Davis, Issues Advisor, Global Affairs at Office of the Prime Minister of Canada


Welcome Remarks

Nathalie Des Rosiers, Head, Massey College


Panel One: The Thought of Pierre Trudeau

Chair: Penny Collenette, O.Ont, Adjunct Professor of Law, University of Ottawa

Panel Speakers:

  • Allen Mills, Senior Scholar, Political Science, University of Winnipeg;
    Author, Citizen Trudeau: An Intellectual Biography, 1944-1965 (2016)
  • Max Nemni, Co-Author, Young Trudeau: Son of Quebec, Father of Canada, 1919-1944 (2006); Trudeau Transformed: The Shaping of a Statesman, 1944-1965 (2011)
  • Monique Nemni, Co-Author, Young Trudeau: Son of Quebec, Father of Canada, 1919-1944 (2006); Trudeau Transformed: The Shaping of a Statesman, 1944-1965 (2011)


Panel Two: Pierre Trudeau as Party Leader/Politician

Chair: Senator Pamela Wallin

Panel Speakers:

  • Dorothy Davey, Ontario Chair, 1974 Pierre Trudeau Campaign
  • Robert Lewis, Former Editor, Maclean’s; Author, Power, Prime Ministers and the Press: The Battle for Truth on Parliament Hill (2018)
  • Lorna Marsden, National Liberal Party Executive 1975-84; Senator, Toronto-Taddle Creek, 1984-92


Keynote: Pierre Trudeau in Historical Perspective

Chair: Kathleen Davis, Issues Advisor, Global Affairs at Office of the Prime Minister of Canada

Panel Speakers:

  • Robert Bothwell, Co-Author, Canada Since 1945
  • John English, Co-Author, Canada Since 1945
  • Charles McMillan, Professor, Schulich School of Business, York University;
    Former Senior Policy Adviser, Brian Mulroney


Panel Three: Pierre Trudeau as Government Leader/Prime Minister

Chair: Carolyn Tuohy, Professor Emeritus and Founding Fellow in Public Policy, Massey College

Panel Speakers:

  • David Collenette, Former Member of Pierre Trudeau Cabinet
  • Heather Peterson, Former Ontario Desk, PMO
  • Robert Weese, Assistant Deputy Minister, Intergovernmental and Constitutional Affairs, Saskatchewan NDP Government of Allan Blakeney


Closing Remarks

Alexandre Trudeau, Filmmaker and Author, Barbarian Lost: Travels in the New China (2016)


Reception

Location: Rigby Room, St. Hilda’s College (44 Devonshire Place)
Presented by: Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History

Liberal Internationalism Then and Now

The Liberal Internationalism, Then and Now: The Foreign Policy of Pierre Trudeau conference focused on Trudeau’s approach to foreign policy and the impacts this approach has had on Canada’s current policies.

  • Agenda
  • Photography
  • Videos
  • Speaking Notes

Agenda:

Date: Friday, January 10, 2020
Time: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Conference Location: Massey College, Upper Library (4 Devonshire Place)
Reception Location: Massey College, Junior Common Room (4 Devonshire Place), Presented by: Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History

 

Welcome Remarks

Nathalie Des Rosiers, Head, Massey College

Greetings

Conference Co-Chairs:

  • Thomas S. Axworthy, Public Policy Chair, Massey College
  • Margaret Biggs, Visiting Fellow, Foreign and Defence Policy, Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History and Massey College

Liberal Internationalism Video Address

  • Hon. Lloyd Axworthy, Former Foreign Minister of Canada

Panel One: Liberal Internationalism: Is Pierre Trudeau’s World View Obsolete?

Chair: Jo-Ann Davis, Head, Toronto Chapter, Canadian International Council (CIC)

Panel Speakers:

  • Robert Fowler, Former DM and Foreign Policy Advisor to Pierre Trudeau
  • Greg Donaghy, Director, Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History
  • Maureen O’Neill, Former Head, International Development Research Centre (IDRC)

Panel Two: Dealing with the Superpowers

Chair: Mary Lou Finlay, Former Host of CBC programmes As It Happens, Sunday Morning, and The Journal

Panel Speakers:

  • Robert Bothwell, Co-Author, Pirouette: Pierre Trudeau and Canadian Foreign Policy (1990)
  • Professor & Dr. Jingxia Shi, Visiting Fellow, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto
  • Timothy Sayle, Assistant Professor, History, University of Toronto

Keynote and Commentary on Development and International Justice

Chair: Margaret Biggs, Visiting Fellow, Foreign and Defence Policy, Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History and Massey College

Keynote Speakers:

  • Hon. Karina Gould, PC, MP, Canada’s Minister of International Development
  • Rosemary McCarney, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Canada to the Office of the United and the United Nations Conference on Disarmament
  • Ali Salam, Former Chief of Staff, Minister of Immigration

Panel Three: Security and International Institutional Architecture

Chair: Martha Durdin, President and CEO at Canadian Credit Union Association (CCUA); Former PMO

Panel Speakers:

  • Ben Rowswell, President, Canadian International Council (CIC)
  • David Crenna, Former Advisor to Pierre Trudeau and Member of PMO
  • Deborah De Lange, Massey College Visiting Scholar

Closing Remarks

  • Robert Greenhill, Executive Chairman, Global Canada Initiative

Reception

Location: Massey College, Junior Common Room (4 Devonshire Place)
Presented by: Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History

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